A cultural buffet at Woodlands Galaxy CC
15 August 2012 0 comments
A cultural extravaganza awaited visitors at the newly opened Woodland Galaxy CC on Sunday, 1 July 2012 as 1000 residents came together to celebrate Racial Harmony Day and to renew their pledge to live harmoniously as one united people.
Highlights of the day included the inter-racial inter-religious harmony circle, which displayed information bites of various ethnicities and religions. Residents also got a taste of interest group activities and courses lined up at the CC and were taken on a tour to check out the observatory located in the CC.
Grassroots Adviser, Ms Ellen Lee, felt that such events helped residents reinforce their understanding of other cultures. “People have to remember that although we do have our own separate identities, there is still a need to create opportunities for people to mingle and make friends with people from different cultures”, she said.
In line with the theme of Racial Harmony, various cultural displays and activities were showcased throughout the day. The Chinese section displayed elaborate costumes worn by Chinese Opera performers while at the Indian section, residents tried on 6-yard saris complete with matching accessories and took photos as keepsake. Over at the Malay section, residents attempted traditional games such as “batu serembat”, chapteh, congkak and sepak takraw.
The Women’s Executive Committee (WEC) showcased olden Chinese treasures, including a traditional tea set, jewellery box, and even a “toilet bowl“ that used to be customarily passed on as part of a marriage ritual.
Other than the various ethnic and cultural showcases, residents were also entertained by eclectic and exotic performances from various schools and the PA Interest Groups. Performances such as the Bollywood dance, Nutcracker ballet, samba percussions, Teochew opera, colourful skits and the award winning Tarian Zapin Kais dance enthralled and impressed onlookers.
The neighbourhood police, Community Emergency and Engagement committee (C2E), HDB and NEA also took the opportunity to alert, educate and inform residents on various issues via interactive puzzles and board games. Tours around Woodlands Galaxy CC, led by youths, were also arranged for the public to view its facilities and activities.
The Racial Harmony Day cum CC Open House this year truly was an ensemble of music, culture and patriotism!